What to plant on a steep slope?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tomoaktree, Apr 28, 2001.

  1. tomoaktree

    tomoaktree LawnSite Member
    from WNY
    Posts: 114

    Hello,
    Customer has house at the bottom of a very steep slope that faces the North and has some pine and maples adding to the shade. Soil is slightly acidic.
    Customer wants to use Rodys and or Azailias to add color and help corrosion on the slope.
    What would be some reccomendations? We are zone 4-5 and soil does seem rather dry but they say they will water.
    I haven't done any plantings on slopes or w/Rodys. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Ocutter

    Ocutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    Depends on how steep the slope is. I usually see and use english ivy on slopes 20 degrees or more. Especially if those are hard to mow, or just plain eroded with root exposed. Pachysandra and periwinkle do well in shade too. Whats the angle you have to deal with?
     
  3. tomoaktree

    tomoaktree LawnSite Member
    from WNY
    Posts: 114

    Ocutter,
    The slope is so steep that you can hardly walk up it without grabbing on to something to pull you up. They have some Pacasandra and perriwinkle that is doing ok. They want something bigger (shrubs) .
     
  4. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
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    I think groundcover is a great idea, and that would be simple, but they want shrubs as you say.

    I would suggest using some large rocks or something of that sort to build little "planter areas" for these shrubs until they grow further into the soil. It would help keep soil around the roots while its starting off and until its strong enough to keep the contour of the hill.

    It would also help keep the plants upright and not pointing out with the slope.

    Just my opinion, hope it helps!
     
  5. VRL

    VRL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    Would your customer like the idea of tiered retaining walls?

    Shrubs for shaded areas? Hydrangeas, Rodys, Azaleas and Clivias would do great under those pine and maple trees.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  6. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
    Posts: 249

    My favorite would be sumac.
     
  7. tomoaktree

    tomoaktree LawnSite Member
    from WNY
    Posts: 114

    Here's a little more to go on. The house sits at the bottom of the slope , maybe 50 feet away. The slope goes up about 200 feet. They only want to plant shrubs at athe bottom 30 feet. There are already 2 tiers ,maybe 4 feet each w/pacasandra and ivy. they want to go higher and plant without retaining walls .
    Thanks for the replys...keep them coming.
     
  8. 3 Oaks Farms Landscapes

    3 Oaks Farms Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Asiatic Jasmine or Junipers do well in Mississippi for steep slopes. The Jasmine will cover the hill and help keep erosion down, not to mention it spreads very fast.We also use English Ivy, but it takes alot longer to spread and get thick.
     
  9. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    Blue rug junipers maybe some winter creeper euonymous since they are low to the ground on a steepe slope.
     
  10. Ground Rules

    Ground Rules LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    What did you end up going with for this customer?


     

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